More than 100 politicians and activists opposed to the government of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen began Thursday their trials for treason and other accusations allegedly committed before the judicial dissolution in 2017 of the main opposition party.

Monovithya Kem, spokesman for the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), called the process a "circus" and called on Twitter for "the withdrawal of false charges against the Cambodian opposition."

The macro-trial began in the morning at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, where more than 100 defendants have been summoned, including Cambodian-American human rights activist and lawyer Theary who appeared in court. However, 50 of those are exiles and could be tried in absentia. EFE-EPA